Linton Meagher: Medicine as Art Medium

Coy, 2011. Oil on surgical scalpel blades in resin on perspex. 64 x 82cm.

A medical practitioner and visual artist, Linton Meagher puts medicine directly into his art by using objects such as pills, scalpels, and even silicon breast implants as his medium of choice. His work is beautiful and fluid from far, but up close it’s hard not to wince at the hundreds of sharp scalpel blades that make up his canvas.

Medical objects are both beautiful in their ability to heal and chilling with the potential for misuse. Either way, they certainly make for an interesting art medium.

View the rest of Linton’s unique mixed media work at

Resculpted, 2007. Oil on scalpel blades in resin on perspex. 64 x 82cm.
The Kiss, 2005. Oil on pills cast in fibreglass on perspex. 140 x 96
Pop it, 2004. Oil on tablets cast in fiberglass on board. 39 x 55cm.
Linton Meagher Lifesaver
Lifesaver, 2013. Surf lifesaving caps in resin on Perspex. 61 x 60cm.
Linton Meagher Jellyfish_Pair_Implants
Translucent Jellyfish, 2013. Clear silicone breast implant, plastic and packaging plastic cast in resin on Perspex. 60 x 40cm.

[Originally published on 10/22/2008. Updated on 12/7/2017]

6 thoughts on “Linton Meagher: Medicine as Art Medium”

  1. The pill pieces remind me of the closing scene from the Audrey Tautou movie A la Folie…Pas Du Tout! (English: He Loves me, He Loves me Not).

  2. Howdy. You may like Fred Tomaselli’s work as well. He also uses pills and hallucinogenic herbs as elements of his beautifully psychedelic art.

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